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Sky’s the limit for Galway travel agency

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Clodagh Connolly...holiday value.

Galway people are on the move — with holiday bookings at one city-based travel agency, Corrib Travel, up by a whopping 50% this year.

To help cope with the demand, Corrib Travel have been on the move themselves, to bright modern new premises on Eyre Square – between Richardson’s and Fibber Magees – and have also doubled their staff.

The big demand this year among Galway holidaymakers is for more adventure-type breaks … especially in the value-for-money destinations in Asia and South America.

With security concerns having all but wiped out some of the most popular North African tourist trades, European destinations are getting more and more expensive.

But, according to Corrib Travel Manager, Clodagh Connolly, there is great value to be had for holidaymakers willing to go a little further afield.

“People are increasingly looking for holidays that are more than just beach breaks, and adventure holidays are becoming big business.

“The options are limitless — everything from safaris in Africa to climbing Kilimanjaro, visiting Machu Picchu in Peru, trekking, island hopping around Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and so on

“We’re seeing more and more Galway people looking for a holiday with a combination of beach, history and adventure.”

These are the kind of holidays becoming particularly popular with honeymooners and couples — with cruising, both in Europe and the Caribbean, also growing in popularity every year, she said.

One of the challenges facing travel agencies is to to make younger holidaymakers especially aware of the kind of services they provide, and the advantages they offer over online bookings.

“You set the parameters, give us your wish list for the kind of holiday you want, and we will find the flights, the accommodation, the perfect tour or activity, without all the hassle and the uncertainty of trying to do it online yourself.”

South America is a good example of a destination that’s difficult enough to do by yourself, according to Clodagh Connolly — and doing an independent itinerary yourself could end up costing you as much as 50% more than booking a tour.

“People might say ‘Oh I don’t want to go on a tour bus, sitting on a coach with a big crowd of other people’. But these tours are not like that, they cater for small numbers, you stay in people’s houses like B&Bs and get into the heart of the area you are travelling through.”

Clodagh also stresses the peace of mind which booking through a travel agent can bring: “We’re getting more people coming to us who’ve maybe been burned on the internet in the past, and didn’t get what they wanted or what they expected

“With us, on the other hand, we are part of the World Choice group which gives us access to holiday deals all over the world, we are bonded so everything is secure, and you have someone to contact at the end of the phone in the event of an unseen hitch while you’re away.”

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‘Get Galway Moving’ wins Chamber Award

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Galway Chamber CEO Kenny Deery

Galway Chamber has taken the honours for the ‘Most Successful Policy Campaign’ for their project, “Get Galway Moving” at the Chambers Ireland annual Chamber Awards.

The Awards seek to recognise the outstanding work of Chambers throughout the country while providing a national platform for Chambers to share and promote how they continue to be active and excel in developing initiatives, events, campaigns and further activities that contribute to their Chamber locality and wider geographic region.

Galway Chamber CEO Kenny Deery said that the campaign was launched in Leinster House last September led by outgoing Chamber President Dave Hickey, and Elaine Brick, Chair of the Galway Chamber Transport Sub-Committee.

“Since then it has received support and endorsement of political and business leaders who are all seeking change to the way we move about our city,” he said.

“While this campaign will run for years, we are delighted that this work is recognised at a national level by Chambers Ireland,” he added.

Chambers Ireland President Siobhan Kinsella congratulated Galway Chamber on their win.

“These Awards share a perspective on the work and active engagement that each Chamber puts in with their local communities, amidst ongoing challenges and highlights the standards of excellence the Chamber network establishes as a whole in supporting local business nationwide,” she added.

 

 

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Ireland retains its appeal for foreign investors

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Cathal McDonagh, Partner, EY Galway

Ireland attracted 191 foreign direct investment projects in 2019 – increasing its rank in the European league table of most attractive destinations to eighth from tenth.

That’s according to the latest EY European Attractiveness Survey, which also revealed that the number of projects in 2019 declined by 7%.

However, this followed exceptionally strong levels of investment in 2018, when there were 205 FDI projects, meaning that Ireland continued to hold first position for the greatest number of projects per million population.

The EY report examines the performance and perceptions of Europe as a destination for FDI, and this year includes a survey of 800 international investors looking at the impact of COVID-19 on investment.

While COVID-19 is expected to interrupt some project realisation, EY analysis shows that 80% of FDI projects in Ireland are likely be maintained, due to our highly competitive, service-orientated FDI investments.

Cathal McDonagh, Partner, EY Galway said that the impressive performance of investments in digital tech and business services were noteworthy features of Ireland’s performance in 2019 – and that, he said, meant that Galway was well placed to continue to be attractive to FDI going forward.

“While a reduction in the total number of projects may attract attention, it’s important to note that Ireland’s strategy has been to focus on the value and quality of the FDI it attracts rather than the volume. The new projects secured reflect an extension of the investor and project base, with 61% representing new projects, rather than solely building on past successes,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Award-winning Galway events company moves major gathering into digital space

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Virtual developments...Kathleen McDonagh (left) and Kerry O’Sullivan of Go West.

Connemara played host to a major national conference last week with over 1,200 delegates from across the country debating the future of our waters – without anyone actually leaving home.

Instead the award winning Galway-based Go West Conference and Events Company embraced the world of virtual conferencing, to adapt their normal work for this pandemic era.

Having recently relocated to the GTeic Hub in Spiddal, they hosted the EPA’s “Restoring Our Waters” Conference – marking a significant milestone for the company run by Kathleen McDonagh and Kerry O’Sullivan and celebrating its 25th year in business in 2020.

Business tourism is worth over €74m to Ireland each year – and this year alone. Go West were due to host in excess of 20 national and international conferences in Galway alone.

Some of those conferences have cancelled – but Kathleen and Kerry are working to bring them online as high quality virtual events.

“This will sustain jobs in Go West along with associated services in the areas of technology while also maintaining Galway’s position as conference and business tourism destination, as the economy and tourism industry evolves from Covid-19,” said Kathleen.

“Business tourism supports, events, hotels, restaurants, food producers, visitor attractions, entertainment venues and providers, taxis and transport companies and much more besides.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

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